Josh Jacobs Broke 13-Year NFL Record in His Stellar Rookie Season

Max Staley
Josh Jacobs was impossible to bring down in his rookie season with the Raiders.
Josh Jacobs was impossible to bring down in his rookie season with the Raiders. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Josh Jacobs looked like a star the moment he set foot on an NFL field. In his NFL debut, Jacobs racked up 113 yards from scrimmage against the Denver Broncos. And he never looked back, totaling 1,316 yards from scrimmage and 7 touchdowns in just 13 games.

But according to Pro Football Focus, Jacobs actually broke a record for rookie running backs that had stood since 2006.

Jacobs' 69 forced missed tackles were the most by a rookie back since 2006. That he did it in just 13 games is remarkably impressive.

And he actually put himself in some elite company with some more underlying numbers. He averaged a stellar 2.8 yards after contact per rush attempt, tying him for the fifth-best such mark in the league. Jacobs also broke 26 tackles last season, which was the eighth most in the NFL and more than stars like Ezekiel Elliott, Joe Mixon and Dalvin Cook.

It seems like the sky is the limit for Jacobs, running behind a talented Raiders' offensive line. All signs point to him having another monster campaign in 2020.

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